We’ve been doing a lot of fun activities with my sister’s family in town this week. Our latest adventure was to a local dinosaur museum. It’s small but has some interesting displays. It also is a great place to get out of the afternoon heat and spend an hour or two trying to convince your kids that this kind of experience is actually enjoyable.
One of the exhibits was an earthquake simulator. It was one of those platforms that moves around while you stand on it and stare at pictures of earthquake destruction on the wall. I didn’t read any of the signs associated with the simulator so I still have no idea why there was one at a dinosaur museum.
One of the worst (or best, depending on how you look at it) exhibits was a giant animated model of a T-Rex ripping the head of another dinosaur off its body. I’m of the opinion that the neck wouldn’t tear like that. That guy’s teeth would have severed it where it bit. But what do I know? I’m no paleontartist.
Boredom can eat away at your enjoyment of a day. That’s why when I walked into my son’s room the other day and saw him listening to music and staring blankly at the wall, I knew something had to be done.
Usually when I hear the words “I’m bored” from my kids I take it as an opportunity to remind them of all the chores they have put off doing. But this time I pitied the boy and decided to work with him on some ideas for interesting projects.
Here is the list of things I mentioned he might enjoy:
Create wall art for his bedroom. He enjoys drawing and is actually quite good. I encouraged him to make a large version of a smaller drawing he had already done. Then we could frame it and hang it.
Make origami. He has dabbled in origami in the past so I thought this could be a good opportunity to get back into it. I recently bought a pack of origami papers to practice with and have on hand for the kids.
Painting miniature figures. He likes fantasy and miniatures games already. He could get a game that comes with figures or buy them separately.
Build PVC weapons or other crafts. PVC is cheap and readily available. There are some really cool things you can do with it.
Build model planes, boats or cars. I had fun building plastic models and painting them when I was a kid. You can find models that can be glued or snapped together. The real fun and creativity is when you custom paint your model. It takes time and a steady hand but can be rewarding.
Basically, I was looking for something that would be a challenge but something he could do mostly on his own. Anything that would be more than just a flash-in-the-pan activity. In the end he choose PVC weapons.
Over the next two days we had a great time building a PVC sword and dagger. Although I helped buy materials and gave a little instruction on measuring and cutting and painting, this was a project done primarily by my son. I wanted it this way so that he would have something enjoyable that he could do any time and could get his creative juices flowing.
I could tell he was having fun creating something of value to him. As he built his projects he kept telling me about his other ideas for more PVC projects. That’s what I was hoping for; something to spark his creativity and thinking. Something to get the ball rolling and keep his mind busy. Creativity in motion tends to stay in motion while creativity at rest tends to stay at rest.
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